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1955 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Daimler AG.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: Daimler Mercedes (DE,0,7)
Champion Driver: Juan Manuel Fangio (AR,3,3)
Putative Driver: Juan Manuel Fangio (AR)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model W196, 2.49-liter, eight-cylinder inline, forged steel engine, DOHC, desmodromic valves, Bosch direct fuel injection, light alloy drum brakes, five speed, tubular steel space frame, double wishbone/live axle independent suspension, telescopic shock absorbers, 295 horsepower (Rudolf Uhlenhaut).

Daimler Mercedes with its W196 entry takes the 1955 F1 putative constructors' title by a comfortable margin for the first time since the 1955 season as its driver Juan Manuel Fangio handily comes away with his second consecutive drivers' crown. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Aintree in July. Future F1 champion Jack Brabham makes his debut in the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July. Daimler Mercedes, on the heels of the June disaster at the Le Mans 24, withdraws its Silver Arrows from global motorsport in December and remains absent from Formula 1 racing until a decade into the succeeding century. Departures: Alberto Ascari, 36, b. Milan, Italy 1918, d. at testing, Monza, Italy, May. Racing Evolution: Direct fuel injection for racing, light alloy drum brakes (Mercedes).

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Daimler Mercedes103     Fangio59
Scuderia Ferrari46     Moss S29
Maserati26     Castellotti16
Zink Kraft Offenhauser12     Farina13
Scandia Lancia11     Trintignant13
Chapman Kraft Offenhauser8     Sweikert12

Noteworthy 1955 Races

1955 XIII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco Monte Carlo1955 1955 XIII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (314.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 625 under Maurice Trintignant (FR) in 2:58:09.8 (average 65.66 mph), under twenty-one seconds ahead of a Lancia entry. Trintignant moves out front after race leader Alberto Ascari in his Lancia crashes into the Mediterranean near the Tunnel exit on Lap 20 and succeeding leader Stirling Moss in his Maserati loses fire a lap later. The Monaco layout proves a bit too tight for the Silver Arrows entries to attain maximum performance. Photo Credit: Klemantaski Collection.
1955 VIII RAC British Grand Prix Liverpool, England1955 1955 VIII RAC British Grand Prix At Aintree for the RAC British Grand Prix (270 miles) in July, a German Daimler Benz Mercedes W196 under Stirling Moss (GB) takes the flag in 3:07:21.2 (average 86.47 mph), under a second (.20) ahead of a companion Mercedes driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in finish formation. Moss dices with Fangio before moving out front on Lap 35, and Fangio patiently waits in his wake. As both entries complete the final circuit and approach the final corner, Fangio sets up Moss for a pass. Moss, out of position, waves Fangio through, yet the Argentine backs off the accelerator and graciously allows Moss to triumph on home soil. Mercedes sweeps the top four positions as Moss becomes the first Briton to win a host Grand Prix. The FIA announces beforehand its intention to cancel the German, Swiss, and Spanish Grand Prix contests due to the horrific Le Mans 24 Hour disaster in the prior month. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1955 XXVI Gran Premio d'Italia Monza, Italy1955 1955 XXVI Gran Premio d'Italia At Monza for the Italian Grand Prix (500 kilometers) in September, a German Daimler Benz Mercedes W196 under Juan Manuel Fangio (AR) notches a victory in 2:25:04.4 (average 128.49 mph), under a second (.70) ahead of a companion Mercedes driven by Piero Taruffi in finish formation. Monza debuts its new banked track design and immediately draws scathing concern from drivers due to its high-speed dangers. Mercedes, still reeling from the Le Mans debacle, stunningly announces its intention to withdraw from global motorsport in December, and remains absent from Formula 1 racing until the 2010 season. Photo Credit: Daimler AG.